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How do I turn off and lock out auto install (auto download of update is OK) - make it so that I get to choose when Firefox installs updates?

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I just lost a website I wanted to view because Firefox did a background update and I cannot find an option where Firefox downloads the update, but gives me the choice when to install it. (I don't have the link and get buried by ads when i try to google the website.) EVERY TIME AN UPDATE HAPPENS, IT ALWAYS STRIKES AT THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT! (Like when I'm working from home!)

THIS IS MY and I repeat MY computer. I CHOOSE WHERE AND WHEN THINGS HAPPEN. I need to find a way to FORCE FIREFOX TO WAIT UNTIL I AM READY FOR DOING THE UPDATE!!! Automatic installing of updates IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE. Downloading the update is fine, but I NEED THE ABILITY TO CHOOSE WHEN IT INSTALLS THE UPDATE!!!

Mozilla, you have NO RIGHTS IN MY COMPUTER, UNLESS I GIVE THEM TO YOU. I've been using Firefox for over a decade (and Thunderbird). I really don't want to change to something new - and forget ever going back to Windows (I DESPISE MICROSOFT!). Don't go the way of Microsoft - remember, IT'S OUR COMPUTER! We need the ability to install ON OUR SCHEDULE AND DON'T TRY TO FORCE US INTO A FALSE STEREOTYPE!

System - adequate hardware running Ubuntu 18.04LTS. Firefox 75.0 64 bit.

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Hi Archaeometrist, in the builds from Mozilla, there is a setting on the Preferences page for notifying you and letting you manage the timing of updates. However, if you are installing Firefox from your distro's repository, their package manager may disable the built-in feature.

If you want to switch builds, you can download a full installer from here:

https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/all/#product-desktop-release

When you change builds, Firefox may create a new profile. To switch to your existing profile, after you start Firefox, open the about:profiles page (type or paste that internal address into the address bar and press Enter/Return to load it). Here you can find your earlier profile and use its "Set as Default Profile" button so it is used automatically the next time you start Firefox.

Then finally, find the update settings on the General panel of the Preferences page:

I don't know whether there may be settings in the old profile that continue to override your update preference. Someone more familiar with Linux builds may be able to help with that.

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Hi,

As a user of Linux, (Ubuntu 20) I know that most of what Jscher said is true, but Firefox has no permission to update itself, you had to update it, as it requires root to update. If you use the software updater app, the app will update according to the repos. The only way to stop these updates is to either upgrade each package manually, or not upgrade any packages (or suck it up and write down the link somewhere)

regards,

Andmagdo

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